Behind the Scenes Expo


Thursday, April 14 | 12:20PM & 1:40PM - 3:00 PM | Vancity Theatre | School Groups*
Thursday, April 14 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM |  Vancity Theatre | Open to Public

Behind The Scenes

Since last year's Expo was such a success, we've decided to make it an annual event! We are Vancouver's only film industry job fair for high school students. Representatives from Vancouver’s film industry will talk with students about a range of career opportunities available in the industry, from sound design and make-up to visual effects and acting. Participants include: VFX companies, animation and CGI companies, post-secondary education and training institutes, and unions and guilds.

If you’re interested in fashion, drawing, photography, sound design, filmmaking, writing, computer programming, or video games, this event is for you. This is a chance to build your network, meet industry professionals, and move from being a student to pursuing the career of your dreams. Incentives will be provided to encourage you to visit every booth.

This event is for school groups by preregistration only, and is intended as part of an entire day of programming (Youth Media Conference & Expo) from 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM. From 3:00 PM - 4:00PM the Expo portion will be open to the public, free of charge.

*Students attending the 12:20 PM New Perspectives screening will participate in the Behind the Scenes Expo at 1:40 PM.
*Students participating in the Behind the Scenes Expo at 12:20 PM will attend the New Perspectives  screening at 1:40 PM.
All program activities end at 3:00 PM. However, students are welcome to attend the Youth Filmmakers Showcase at 4:00 PM. Please confirm when registering. The Behind the Scenes Expo is open to the public from 3:00 - 4:00 PM. Before 3:00 PM, this program is available by pre-registration only.




Animation and VFX Companies and Studios

Animal Logic has attracted audiences with its visual effects and animation in films like Moulin Rouge, House of Flying Daggers, 300, The Great Gatsby, Happy Feet, Legend of the Guardians, BBC’s Walking with Dinosaurs 3D and The LEGO® Movie. Animal Logic's Animation division is currently in production on LEGO Batman (2017) and LEGO Ninjago (2017). In 2015 it opened a new animation studio in Vancouver as part of a three picture deal with Warner Bros. The studio’s first project will be The LEGO® Movie sequel, scheduled for release in 2018.

Bardel Entertainment is an animation production studio that is currently making series for a diverse slate of collaborators: Nickelodeon, Disney, Cartoon Network, DreamWorks and Warner Brothers. Bardel works simultaneously on: feature films, prime time series, kids and preschool television, as well as projects for Subscription Video On Demand and Video On Demand platforms.

DHX Media is an animation production company. DHX’s past production partners include: Disney, Cartoon Network, Classic Media, Jetix, YTV, Teletoon and WGBH. Most recent shows include: Kid vs Kat (created by Rob Boutilier, one of the crew), Martha Speaks, Packages from Planet X, Dr. Dimensionpants!, Hasbro’s My Little Pony, Pound Puppies, and Littlest Pet Shop. 

Double Negative is an Academy Award®-winning visual effects company, with facilities in London, Singapore and Vancouver. It has been recognized by the Visual Effects Society for Inception, Sherlock Holmes, and Interstellar, and by BAFTA for Inception, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and Interstellar. It has recently won Oscars for Inception, Interstellar, and Ex Machina.

Image Engine - Since 1995 Image Engine has collaborated closely with its clients to provide concept designs, pre-visualization, supervision and visual effects production; and offer a full range of visual effects services from computer-generated animation and compositing, to explosive volumetric digital effects. Known for their Academy Award® Nominated work on Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, it has created digital effects for a broad range of feature films including Zero Dark Thirty, Jurassic World, Game of Thrones, Straight Outta Compton and Chappie.

Method Studios is an award-winning international visual effects group with facilities in Canada, the U.S., England and Australia. It services high-end feature film, commercial, television, game and motion graphics clients in the global marketplace. Method Studios provides a full range of visual effects services including: conceptual design, look development, on-set supervision, 3D animation/CGI, matte painting, compositing and finishing.

Slap Happy Cartoons creates original, funny and sometimes twisted cartoons for both kids and adults. It works with clients from all over the world, which includes development and production partners: Corus Entertainment, Comedy Central, KidsWB!, Canucks Sports and Entertainment, Knowledge Kids Network, and 9 Story Entertainment.

Sony Pictures Imageworks is an Academy Award®-winning-winning visual effects and animation unit of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group. It is known for live-action visual effects, dynamic creature and character animation and all-CG animation. The company headquarters is located in Vancouver, B.C. and is currently in production on: Angry Birds the movie, Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass, Columbia Pictures' remake of Ghostbusters, the Warner Bros. live-action feature Suicide Squad, and the Untitled Smurfs Movie.

Zoic Studios is a Visual Effects Company based in Vancouver and California. Its work includes: film, television, advertising, video game and interactive projects. Zoic’s fields of expertise include: design, animation, compositing, and production management.



Post-Secondary Educational and Training Centres

Blanche Macdonald Centre has three campuses in Vancouver and has offered the highest quality of professional career training in Makeup Artistry, Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing, Hair Design, Esthetics/Spa Therapy and Nail Technology, since 1960. Considered to be the industry leader, over one thousand students per year graduate, moving on to careers in hair, makeup, and special effects makeup. The center's Global Makeup Program was designed by Emmy Award-winning Artist Todd McIntosh, and the work of Blanche Macdonald instructors and students have appeared in numerous Hollywood movies, major television series, top publications and on fashion runways around the world.

Capilano University has a variety of programs. The School of Motion Picture Arts offers one-year certificates in Motion Picture Arts, Cinematography for Film and Video, Documentary, and Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking; two-year full-time diplomas in Motion Picture Arts, Digital Visual Effects, Costuming for Stage and Screen, 2D Animation + Visual Development, 3D Animation + Games, and Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking. The Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts combines practice and protocol in the field, opportunities for technical, aesthetic, and creative innovation, and integrated theoretical and critical perspectives.

Emily Carr University of Art + Design is one of Canada’s premier post-secondary institutions, and British Columbia's only university dedicated solely to art, design and media education and research. It offers four-year undergraduate degrees in: Bachelor of Media Arts (with majors in Animation or Interactive and Social Media Arts), Bachelor of Design (with majors in Communication Design, Industrial Design or Interaction Design), and Bachelor in Fine Arts (with majors in Critical and Cultural Practices, Film, Video and Integrated Media, Illustration, Photography or Visual Arts).

Lost Boys Studios School of VFX - Exceeding industry placement rates, Lost Boys graduates are one of the most highly sought sources of new talent within the Visual Effects Industry. Known for its advanced skill sets, keen problem solving instincts, and knowledge of the entire Visual Effects pipeline, graduates are trusted to handle challenging responsibilities and are often moved quickly into leadership roles. In less than a year students can be successfully employed in a creatively rewarding career within the booming Visual Effects Industry.

Langara College Film Arts is an eight-month intensive, collaborative and comprehensive program for students wishing to work in film as actors, writers, or directors. Students collaborate on projects and engage in intensive study in their own craft area. Courses in film studies, industry practices, the principles and business of film production, and career preparation give students in all streams the knowledge to embark on creative film careers.

Simon Fraser University offers a film program which combines rigorous technical training and skills development with extensive instruction in cinema studies and history. Students draw on courses throughout the school to deepen their understanding of other artistic disciplines. The program is collaborative and cohort-based, leading to long-term peer support and partnership after school, a strategy that has produced a number of prize-winning films. Students learn by making their own films and videos in each year of their program, and begin working with 16mm in their first semester.

University of British Columbia The Theatre and Film program offers four-year undergraduate degrees in Acting, Design and Production, Film Production, Film Studies and Theatre Studies, and includes the option to study in an interdisciplinary environment with creative writing and other university disciplines. Students are taught in a liberal arts context, which prepares them for a wide range of careers, including: costume and set design, theatre production, teaching, curating, filmmaking, writing and arts administration.

Vancouver Institute of Media Arts is one of the world’s most highly respected schools for media and performing arts. Founded in 1995, VanArts offers a variety of one-year diploma programs in Character Animation, Game Art & Design, Visual Effects, Digital Photography, Web Development & Design, Web/Radio/TV Broadcasting and Acting for Film & Television. 

Vancouver Film School offers 13 one-year post-secondary programs spanning every aspect of the entertainment arts. VFS’s educational model balances theory and hands-on production. The faculty consists of established, award-winning professionals who work for top studios. The Advisory Board is composed of  industry leaders who help shape curriculum so student programs stay current.



Guilds and Unions

IATSE Local 669 is the International Cinematographers Guild of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. Local 669 consists of over 650 members involved in all aspects of film and television that pertains to the camera. Membership consists of Directors of Photography, Camera Operators, Camera Assistants, Unit Publicists, Unit Still Photographers, Electronic Camerapeople, Video Assist, Digital Engineers and Technicians, Data Management Technicians and Camera Trainees in all phases of filmed or electronically recorded theatrical feature films, films for television release, Internet and television series productions. It is the mandate of IATSE Local 669 to secure work opportunities, as well as the best conditions and wages for its membership, through collective agreements.

IATSE Local 891 is internationally renowned for its skilled workers and professionalism.  This local consists of artists, technicians, and craftspeople who work primarily in film and television production in BC. There are numerous departments in local 891, some of the entertainment trades and crafts represented are: Accounting, Allied Craft, Art, Construction, Costume, Editing, Extras Casting, First Aid / Craft Service, Greens, Grips, Hair, Lighting / Electrics, Make-Up, Painting, Production Office, Props, Script Supervisors / Continuity Coordinator, Set Decorating, Sound, Special Effects, and Visual Effects.

UBCP / ACTRA represents nearly 5,000 of the most experienced and skilled performers in the world; professional actors, stunt people, singers, dancers, puppeteers, voices, background persons, and a multitude of other types of performers, for every form of recorded media. UBCP members work on everything from feature films to TV, from radio commercials to animated voices, from internet based web-series to performance-capture. As the Union representing performers, UBCP’s number one goal is to create more good work opportunities for its members, and ensure a larger BC film, TV and digital media industry into the future.


Resources and Career Advancement Opportunities

Vancouver Public Library's Inspiration Lab is an open access digital media lab at the central library branch downtown. The Lab combines traditional, digital and new media in a custom-built space dedicated to digital creativity, collaboration, and storytelling. It features high-performance computers, analog-to-digital conversion, sound studios, video editing and self-publishing software. This is all for free with your library card. The Lab is a great resource for students to try new software and experiment with the technology that professionals use. For those participating in the Youth Filmmakers Showcase, the Inspiration Lab has offered to walk filmmakers through the space and will offer a private tutorial about its green screen.  
Jake Collinge is a talented illustrator and Entertainment Artist living in Vancouver. He has worked as a Concept Artist and Designer in feature films, animated TV, and games. Some of his major project credits include the animation features Ratchet and Clank and Escape From Planet Earth, and the Netflix animated series The Adventures of Puss in Boots.


Prizes and swag wil be awarded throughout the day. 

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